Here is the “to do” list of activities in Toronto and GTA this winter including winter activities, festivals, exhibitions, sports and related activities, concerts and live theatre.
I. Outdoor Winter Activities
- Lace up and hit an outdoor ice rink: Toronto and GTA has some great skating trails. Can you brave the polar bear skateat the Bentway?
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- Experience Terra Lumina – An Enchanted Night Walkat Toronto Zoo. Enjoy an immersive experience along a 1.5 km walking path that travels into the future and back. Terra Lumina is the eleventh unique experience created in Moment Factory’s Lumina night walk series.
- Discover Toronto’s National Park this winter. Join in on a guided walk to discover nature and winter wildlife with Parks Canada.
- Visit Tommy Thompson Park to learn about what Toronto’s urban wildlife is up to this time of year during Family Nature Walk. Visit your nearest conservation area for a walk in the woods or to spot winter wildlife.
- When there is snow on the ground, dig out your magic carpet, flying saucer or the old-school wooden toboggan and hit the tobogganing hill near by and enjoy a ride down.
- Want a bit more excitement? Go snow tubing!
- If skiing and snowboardingis your thing, there are eleven ski areas in GTA and two within Toronto city limits.
- Explore the winter landscape of neighbouring Parks and Conservation Areas through snow shoeing. Halton Hills Conservation has guided snowshoe hikes for family and moonlight snowshoe events.
- Hit the trails for cross-country skiing — a great way to stay active this winter while enjoying the outdoors. Albion Hills Conservation Area of Caledon provides 26 kilometres of groomed and track-set trails suited to beginner, intermediate and expert level skiers. Halton Conservation areas of Crawford Lake (Milton), Hilton Falls, Mountsberg offers cross-country ski trails through woods and fields.
- If you want to burn all that fat accumulated during the holidays, try Fat biking! Get out for a guided ride every Sunday with the experts at Evergreen Brick Works and explore Don Valley trails. Fat Biking is also allowed at Black Trail at Albion Hills Conservation Area. Rentals are available at both places.
- Go on a day trip to see frozen waterfalls near Toronto.
II. Festivals During Winter 2019-20
III. Indoor Activities
Are you the one that countdowns to summer every time the first sign of winter hits Toronto? Then, here is a list of indoor attractions and indoor amusement parks in Toronto to keep those winter blues away till the barbecue season is back!
IV. Art/Science Exhibitions & Expos
- Winter Stations:Enjoy temporary public art installations to The Beaches, exhibited to celebrate Toronto’s winter waterfront landscape.
- Enjoy LOOP, an art installation than an interactive retro-futureistic machine powered by you. Visitors can hop on two at a time into one of the six illuminated cylinders and pump a lever to activate the lights and glowing images.
- Abracadabra! Illusions: The Art of Magic opens at the AGO on Feb. 22, 2020, showcasing rare posters and artifacts from the Golden Age of Magic of over 100 years ago. Illusions: The Art of Magic transports you back in time to the Golden Age of Magic when death-defying tricks, daring escapes and colourful personas turned performers like The Incomparable Albini and Harry Houdini into world-famous celebrities.
- Join at the Steam Whistle Brewery for Dispatches. Consisting of media from the collection of the Toronto Railway Museum, Dispatches shares messages from the rails. Transmitted through a variety of media such as vintage signage, posters, photos, and more, many of the pieces are from the museum’s archive and have never been publicly displayed.
- Explore, amd discover 4-day site-specific, immersive installations at the historic 130-year-old Gladstone Hotel. ‘Come Up To My Room’ invites artists and designers to create a 4-day site-specific, immersive installations that stimulate the imagination and encourage discussion and dialogue between contributors and visitors alike.
- Experience the timeless and universal appeal of one of the most adored fictional characters of all time – Winnie-the-Pooh–– in this immersive and playful exhibition at Royal Ontario Museum.
- Dream Machines: The Magical Machines of Rowland Emett: Enter a world of engineered fantasies from the mind of a cartoonist who decided to bring his imagined world to life. Marvel at the spinning, blinking and tinkling unlikely creations like the hot-air rocking chair, lullaby machine, and humbug major sweet machine (made famous in the classic movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang).
- Step into MindWorks, a new exhibition at the Ontario Science Centre, and experience the inner workings of your mind. Rooted in psychology, MindWorks brings mental processes like decision-making, memory and emotions to life through colourful, playful and fun hands-on exhibits.
- Explore the compelling concepts, innovative products, upcoming talent and key experts at the Interior Design Show Toronto.
- Explore, CodeX: playable & disruptive futurist eArt, an exhibition of leading-edge digital art, or eArt, investigates the future of human society through technology, innovation and design.
- Explore all things automotive boasting more than 1,000 cars, trucks, SUVs, concept cars, exotics, classics, muscle cars, fully electric and autonomous vehicles at the Canadian International AutoShowfrom February 14 to 23 at the MTCC.
- See the original works from over 250 carefully juried, independent contemporary artists at The Artist Projectat Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto from from February 20 to 23, 2020.
- Meet your favourite superhero at Toronto ComicConfrom March 20 to 22, 2020 at Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
IV. Live Concerts During Winter
See Singin’ in the Rain coming to life with live orchestral accompaniment of Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Post Malone’s Runaway Tour, for KING & COUNTRY and more this winter.
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V. Performing Arts & Theatre During Winter
See the stunning adaptation of Romeo and Juliet by National Ballet, multi-award winning playwright, Marjorie Chan’s Lady Sunrise at Factory Theatre, Canadian Opera Company’s Hansel & Gretel, and Canadian Premiere of Hamilton at Ed Mirvish Theatre and more this winter.
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Performing Arts in Toronto & GTA
VI. Spectator Sports
Cheer Toronto’s sports teams.
Runs & Walks
- Resolution Run® and Walk: Start the New Year off on the right foot by establishing or maintaining an active lifestyle: December 30 to January 1, 2020 @ Various locations
- New Balance Chilly Half Marathon, CIBC Private Wealth Management Frosty 5K, and Frigid 10K: Sunday, March 1, 2020 | 10:05 AM @ Burlington
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